A new service club is putting a twist on tradition to bring some fresh faces and new ideas through the door.
“Rotary can be a tonic for people, it can be something that inspires and invigorates them, makes them feel great about what they’re doing in their community” Cynthia Janzen explains.
She is the President of Tonic, an after five rotary club being launched in Hamilton this week.
It will be city’s 12th rotary branch and the first in the area to take advantage of relaxed meeting rules.
This means members will plan charitable activities twice a month for one hour after work.
The approach comes in stark contrast to weekly meetings that have long been the norm throughout the history of rotary clubs.
“There is alot of traditional trappings that come with rotary typically and that’s fine,” says Janzen “but we’re kind of travelling light with this club.”
The focus she stresses will be placed on outcomes and less on process.
This deviates from lengthy meetings over meals and more generally the ornamental badges, banners and flags that can be associated with joining a service club.
Janzen says she’s seeing millennials and busy professionals jump on the opportunity to get involved because the club offers a less demanding schedule to those who want to engage in charitable activitie,s both locally and internationally.
Tonic is currently in the process determining what projects to tackle.
Janzen says Hamilton’s poverty rate is top of mind.
“Poverty is more than just low income, it has tentacles that reach out to people’s health, their well being.”